In Review Online

In Review Online is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Matthew Lucas
Rating Title/Year Author
Arctic (2018) Matthew Lucas This is survivalism stripped down to its bare essence, free of sentimentality, thematic pretensions, and unnecessary narrative devices. Arctic delivers man-versus-nature conflict at its most elemental. EDIT
Posted Aug 16, 2019
Wine Country (2019) Matthew Lucas A pleasant, moderately engaging film that goes down like a cheap, too sweet chardonnay. EDIT
Posted May 21, 2019
The Ballad of Narayama (1983) Matthew Lucas A moving portrait of aging and loss, one that uses theater as a weapon for truth. EDIT
Posted May 18, 2019
The Thin Red Line (1998) Matthew Lucas War is nothing to be celebrated or glorified here  --  it's nothing less than the rape of the natural world. EDIT
Posted May 18, 2019
Human Flow (2017) Matthew Lucas Arrive(s) at an almost instinctual balance of macro and micro perspectives that forms an experience both epic and intimate. EDIT
Posted May 18, 2019
Private Life (2018) Matthew Lucas 'There's no place like home' can be an inchoate message, but here it feels both disarmingly authentic and warmly humane. EDIT
Posted May 18, 2019
Shirkers (2018) Matthew Lucas A quietly radical act of self-love and catharsis - an exorcism of childhood demons that is at once joyful and haunted. EDIT
Posted May 18, 2019
Cam (2018) Matthew Lucas Blurs the line between sex-positive self-fulfillment and a sacrifice on the altar of male fantasy, a coy maneuver that threatens to derail an otherwise effective piece of paranoiac horror. EDIT
Posted May 18, 2019
Bird Box (2018) Matthew Lucas Bier's insistence on constantly explaining the characters' circumstances leaves very little room for real mystery. EDIT
Posted May 18, 2019
The Burial of Kojo (2018) Matthew Lucas A singular beauty, and Bazawule's willingness to try new things suggests promise for things to come. EDIT
Posted May 18, 2019
Island of the Hungry Ghosts (2018) Matthew Lucas Paints a poetic, and at times chilling, portrait of life in transit, of a struggle for survival as old as time now playing-out in both the macro and the micro. EDIT
Posted May 18, 2019
2/4 Tracey (2018) Matthew Lucas Centering of genitalia in trans identity remains problematic, and highlights a need for more trans perspectives in modern cinema EDIT
Posted May 17, 2019
Sauvage (2018) Matthew Lucas Isn't necessarily as emotionally satisfying as it is enigmatic, a conundrum as unsure of itself as its protagonist, yet somehow wildly, hauntingly beautiful. EDIT
Posted May 17, 2019
Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile (2019) Matthew Lucas Bundy was a master manipulator, and rather than unpack that, Berlinger seems determined to spend two hours letting him manipulate from beyond the grave. EDIT
Posted May 17, 2019
Knock Down the House (2019) Matthew Lucas Stylistically, there's nothing new here - this is feel-good, surface-level poli-doc territory...but it's difficult not to feel energized and moved by the passion on display. EDIT
Posted May 17, 2019